'Cachalot' is a gaff cutter built 1897, Folkestone, Kent, England by Robert Sanders. Length on deck 30', Bowsprit 10', Beam 10', Depth 5'3", Carvel construction, larch on oak. She took part in 'Operation Dynamo', 1940 and is on the register of Dunkirk Little Ships, joining the Return to Dunkirk in 1990. She underwent a major restoration and rebuild 2007 - 2017 at the Tidemill Yacht Harbour, Woodbridge, Suffolk. In 2009 she received a Transport Trust Restoration Award and was a nominee in Classic Boat Magazine Awards (best restoration under 40'), 2019.

  • Harwich Harbour 2021
  • Cachalot by Donna Morgan
    Passing Waldringfield SC, River Deben, September 2006 Photo: Donna Morgan
  • New stem in place, May 2009
  • Making good progress with planking, Spring 2011
  • Steve surveys his handiwork, May 2012
  • Fully caulked and painted with primer, October 2014
  • Glassed deck ready for winter 2015/16
  • Deck sanded, cockpit and coaming all in place, May 2016
  • Primocon below the waterline, September 2016
  • Capping rail in place, September 2016
  • Two new oak Samson posts secured on the foredeck, 2017
  • Taking her place with the classic yachts at Maritime Woodbridge, 2018
  • Launch day: 4 August 2017
  • Bank Holiday Monday, May 2018
  • Hoisting the sails: 15 August, 2018
  • View from astern, all painted and anti-fouled, 2017
  • Bulkheads and bunk supports in the forepeak, June 2019
  • Cachalot joins the OGA Deben Rally, 2019
  • Sailing on the Deben, August 2019

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